The Best Films & Documentaries About Oil

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If you have recently got yourself an oil tank and are intrigued to find out more about its history and use within the world of cinema, we’ve got you covered.

The oil industry, after all, has been the subject of a number of films throughout the years – from cult classics to thought-provoking documentaries and insights – so we thought, why not compile a short list of the best?

Especially while we’re all living in strange times, there’s no better time to sit back, relax and enjoy learning about where the oil in your tank first came from. So, let’s get started.

1 – Local Hero.

Regarded as one of the best films of all time, Local Hero centres around a man who is sent to Scotland by an American oil company looking to build a refinery there.

Things don’t go as expected though and the central character encounters a difficult process convincing the local townsfolk to sell their land to him.

A beautiful film released all the way back in 1983, Local Hero is a must watch for any movie and oil lover alike.

2 – The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

A history documentary like no other, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power tells the globe-spanning story of the oil industry right the way through from its roots.

Offering a unique perspective and historical outtake on the industry’s pivotal people and main moments, the documentary outlines oil’s key role in the 20th century, as told by many specialist historians and participants.

This eight-part series is available on Amazon and certainly makes for a great way to pass the time while in lockdown.

3 – Deepwater Horizon.

One of the more modern entries on our list, Deepwater Horizon tells the story of the disaster of the same name.

Starring Hollywood A-listers Mark Wahlberg and Kurt Russell, the film offers a dramatized look at the April 2010 disaster, when the offshore drilling rig ‘Deepwater Horizon’ exploded and caused the worst oil spill in American history.

While it may not offer the same historical outlook as some of the other films listed here, the film is certainly a popcorn movie which demonstrates just how important it is to look after oil effectively.

Here at SG Tanks, we are experts in the installation, repair and maintenance of domestic oil tanks. For specialist advice on how to look after yours, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01903 856 403.

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